Laubscher, E., Light, J., & McNaughton (2018, November). Effects of video AAC technology on communication & play in autism: A pilot study. Poster at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference, Boston, MA.
Abstract: Difficulty with social communication skills is a core diagnostic feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). An important context for learning social communication skills during childhood is through pretend play; however, many children with ASD are at risk for exclusion from play due to difficulty with both communication and play skills.
Many play-based interventions have been developed for children with ASD but most do not provide an alternate means of expression for individuals with limited speech. Video VSDs may offer a platform that provides simultaneous support for both play skills (through video modeling) and communication for children with ASD.
This study investigated the effects of video VSDs on the communication of a child with ASD and limited speech during pretend play with a typically developing peer.
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